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Instead of finding a ‘real’ job, as his parents lovingly put it, stop motion animator Keller attempts to produce a film in a week with his dumbstruck brother and longtime crush. When their shoot goes wrong, Keller must face his own selfishness and decide which is more important, his filmmaking or close relationships, in this coming-of-age comedy with a twist of stop motion animation.

     Director Biography – Hunter Hopewell

Supported by friends and family, Hunter has won over 40 awards for the 20+ short films he has written, directed, edited, and scored, including a first place award at the United Nations for his anti-bullying short film, ‘Numbskull.’ Now, Hunter is a Video Producer at The Walt Disney Company and just wrapped writing and directing his debut feature film, ‘Shellfish.’ Looking ahead, Hunter plans to give back through filmmaking and Rock*Comedy*Film Festivals benefiting arts education programs.

     Director Statement

‘Shellfish’ is the result of a hungry team of students with limited budget and resources, giving it their all to produce a coming-of-age comedy with a stop motion twist.

Stop motion sparked my love of filmmaking at nine years old. Now at 25, I hope the uplifting, fun-filled nature of my team’s first film brings joy and emotion to any festival we’re fortunate to screen at.

Many young filmmakers poured their blood, sweat, and tears into this, and we learned A LOT in the process that we’re excited to share. Thank you so much!

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